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Widespread inequality risks increasing race tensions, warns EHRC

Following its review into race equality in Britain, the EHRC has warned that failure to tackle deep-rooted race inequality will exacerbate divisions in society unless urgent Government action is taken. The EHRC report ‘Healing a divided Britain: the need for a comprehensive race equality strategy’ sets out the results of a review of every aspect of people’s lives. The report reveals that while for certain people life has become fairer over the past five years, for others progress has stalled and for some– in particular young Black people – life on many fronts has got worse. The key findings in the report relating to employment are as follows:

  • Unemployment rates were much higher for ethnic minorities at 12.9% compared with 6.3 % for White people.
  • Black workers with degrees earn 23.1% less on average than White workers.
  • Significantly lower percentages of ethnic minorities (8.8%) work as managers, directors and senior officials, compared with White people (10.7%). This was particularly true for African/Caribbean/Black people (5.7%) and those of Mixed ethnicity (7.2%).
  • Black people who leave school with A-levels typically get paid 14.3% less than their White peers.

EHRC Chair David Isaac said the report shows a very worrying combination of a post-Brexit rise in hate crime and long-term systemic race inequality. He has called for a comprehensive new race strategy from Government.

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